Good old C-Span. No surprise in John Roberts' confirmation; what I urgently wanted to know is which Democrats voted against, and which for him. C-Span has it, God bless 'em. I can't help thinking this vote shows where certain Dems' hearts really are. I am hoping, in particular, that Obama voted YES. My heart's in my throat. I haven't gotten there yet. Let's see:
Mike DeWine voted YES. Robert Byrd voted YES. Russ Feingold voted YES, as did fellow Wisconsin Senator Kohl. Hillary Clinton voted NO!! Aha, a jog and curtsey toward the base, the obsequious little marionette dance of the presidential candidate -- also performed by Joe Biden and Evan Bayh. Chris Dodd voted YES. North and South Dakotans, Dorgan and Johnson voted YES. Landrieu, Leahy, Levin, all YES. Joe Lieberman, Lincoln and Pryor (both Arkansas), Patty Murray, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bill Nelson of Florida, YES.
Oh, I am bitterly disappointed.
Jay Rockefeller, Ken Salazar, Wyden of Oregon, YES. I think that's everybody, but go see. I'm depressed.
(For those positioning themselves for a future beyond the Senate, these votes are carefully weighed political moves, don't you think? I had hoped that Obama would throw his weight to the center. Guess not. Who loses, the center or Obama?)
UPDATE: As mentioned in the Comments, Sam Nicolas at The Daily Belch ("Fighting the Left and Right from the Middle") goes at this the other way -- listing the senators who voted against Roberts, and noting their National Journal "liberal" rankings. (Mark Dayton is #1, Paul Sarbanes #2, and Jon Corzine is right up there too.)
What burns me about these "symbolic" protest votes is that Roberts is as good, even conciliatory, a choice as you could hope for from George W. Bush. A vote against him will only weaken the same senators' case against Bush's next, likely far more troubling nominee. These Democrats are really still protesting the fact that Bush is president -- a fact that, frankly, is the Democrats' own damn fault.
UPDATE II: I'm disgusted to see Obama lumped together with the others on this list and in this discussion -- and by his own hand! We used to be afraid that if we dared to like someone politically they'd be assassinated. Now all we have to fear is that they'll sell out, wimp out, crap out.